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  1. Loews Don CeSar Hotel

    Editor's pick

    South Pinellas beaches : 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The Mediterrean-style "pink palace" sitting on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico epitomizes luxury and has hosted the rich, powerful and famous since 1928. Guests in some of its 277 guest rooms and suites enjoy private terraces and panoramic ocean views. There are two pools (one wi …

  2. Beach Theatre (closed)

    South Pinellas beaches : 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The 1939 art-deco theater closed Nov. 17, 2012 after years of financial struggles.It had specialized in arthouse flicks and cult favorites, cinema classics, second- and first-run movies, concerts and concert films. The theater also hosted big-screen competitions for video games like Halo 3 and R …

  3. Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    Just outside Plant City, north of Tampa, visitors can find what might be referred to as real Florida. This park has all the kitsch you would expect from an old-time attraction, except it's only been around since 1998. But like Gator Land or Jungle Gardens, this attraction offers low-key entertai …

  4. Lenny's Restaurant

    Clearwater : 21220 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 33765

    The spring training hot spot has the feel of Philly year-round, so get your cheesesteaks and scrapple. There are also monster breakfasts and the classic Jewish deli treats, and not just chopped liver. Swing for the fence with the three-half sandwich, the giant potato knish or the whole "bow …

  5. Munch's Sundries & Restaurant

    St. Petersburg : 3920 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    It's time travel, pure and simple. Munch's Sundries & Restaurant's booths are lined with Lakewood Elementary class pictures from the 1960s (a lot of unfortunate haircuts), on the walls are tacked-up, and down-home, morsels of wisdom and on Tuesdays every table is topped with the fried chicke …

  6. Sukhothai Restaurant

    Tampa : 8201 N Dale Mabry Highway # A, Tampa, 33614

    Reserve a spot in the side room with low tables, where you have to sit on the floor on vibrant satin cushions. Kick off the shoes and get comfy, all the while taking an array of stimulating spices and smells of their curries, tom ka gai lush with coconut milk and pad Thai with its rice noodles a …

  7. Columbia Restaurant

    Editor's pick

    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation's largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco show …

  8. Hugo's Spanish Restaurant

    South Tampa : 931 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    SoHo's enduring outpost for Cuban sandwiches, beans and rice, and other Spanish/Cuban/Italian comfort foods more common in West Tampa and Ybor City. Serves a variety of wines. In June 2009, Playboy named its Cuban one of America's best sandwiches.

  9. Cafe L'Europe

    Sarasota beaches : 431 St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, 34236

    Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

  10. Candy Kitchen

    North Pinellas beaches : 13711 Gulf Blvd. , Madeira Beach, 33708

    Like a kid's fantasy come true, this 600-square-foot space is packed with delicious relics from our candy past: Mary Janes, Slo Pokes, Candy Necklaces and B-B Bats, just to name a few. But there are also Mexican jumping beans, Gumby, Pokey, Slinkies, a Drinking Bird and every childhood cheap thr …

  11. Albert Whitted Airport

    St. Petersburg : 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg, Albert Whitted Airport's two runways provide convenient access to the city's downtown waterfront, business district and urban communities. The 110-acre facility handles approximately 80,000 aircraft annually and is home to an estimated 185 aircra …

  12. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs : 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    When Greek immigrants first settled in the area, they found the waters off Tarpon Springs to be rich with highly sought-after sponges. Now the area is the focal point of local Greek culture and dining. Walk along colorful Dodecanese Boulevard, winding through the shops that smell of the unique n …

  13. Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    This luxurious 1925 Mediterranean Revival-style hotel on the shores of Tampa Bay features a private marina, heated pools and a 12-court tennis complex. The Vinoy Golf Club (a private 18-hole course for resort guests and club members) is 1.5 miles away on Snell Isle.The renovated Renaissance Vi …

  14. Lunch On Limoges

    East Pasco : 14139 Seventh St., Dade City, 33525

    Williams Lunch on Limoges started a full 73 years after the Williams family opened their little dry goods store in Dade City. The dry goods gave way to giftware, stationery and notions, and it is smack-dab in the middle of all this that the local ladies who lunch get down to business. And, yes,  …

  15. Haslam's Book Store

    Editor's pick

    Grand Central District : 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33713

    This St. Petersburg institution has been going strong since 1933, when John and Mary Haslam, both avid readers, opened it to provide other readers with used magazines and books at bargain prices. After World War II they were joined by the second generation, Charles and Elizabeth.In an age of ch …

  16. Skipper's Smokehouse

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, 33613

    Skipper's is an institution. Generations of music lovers have called themselves regulars at this classic, Old Florida-themed establishment. Not only does it provide a spacious outdoor concert area, communal benches and beachy sand add even more charm, and its restaurant serves some of the best F …

  17. Jannus Live

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Jannus Live hosts touring headliners, local musicians and DJs, and a variety of events in an outdoor venue in downtown St. Petersburg. At four stories and 5,000 square feet, Jannus Live dwarfs the old venue once known as Jannus landing.One permanent and eight portable bars are positioned around  …

  18. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Seniors in their 80s and youths of the 21st century gather for the entertainment and camaraderie that is part and parcel of a game that's woven into the fabric of St. Petersburg. Games from friendly to tournament level take place at this historical and cultural landmark. Those looking to brush  …

  19. St. Augustine Spanish Quarter

    St. Augustine : 29 St. George St., St. Augustine, 32084

    The heart of St. Augustine, the Colonial Spanish Quarter is a step back in time, complete with costumed folks doing things they used to do back in the 1700s.

  20. Bern's Steak House

    Editor's pick

    South Tampa : 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Naysayers can grouse, but there's no denying the fine meat and one of the world's best and cheapest wine lists. You can drink back through 20 years in Spanish, Italians, Rhones and zins for $75 or less. Lighten up and relax; just exploring the menu's new additions takes time. Dessert takes more. …

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